‘Parachute without a ripcord: the skydive of communication interaction’
Professor Janice Murray Inaugural Lecture
Tuesday 28th March 2017, 5:30pm
Communication and speech are such individually nuanced aspects of being human that they pose one of the greatest and most underestimated of research fields. A social constructivist perspective of communication suggests that meaning is co-constructed with both sender and receiver of information working in an active and dynamic process to arrive at an agreed interpretation of intended meaning, rather than merely relying on the linguistic aspect of any utterance. Perspectives on where responsibilities lie in being a successful communicator impact on the perceived abilities of people with communication disability.
Communication disability is not a unitary phenomenon, it may present at different ages and impact on motor speech, language comprehension, language construction or conversational interactions. In some instances, aided communication tools and technologies, e.g. an App on an ipad, can alleviate communication challenges.
This inaugural lecture will explore the extraordinary demands of learning and using symbolic language representation systems with aided technologies, and the opportunities they offer at personal, social and environmental levels.
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Registration from 5pm
Lecture, followed by Q&As: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Drinks reception and canapes: 6:30pm - 7:30pm